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that's it for us tonight. tomorrow night, harvey weinstein versus the nra. i'll have him on this show.
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hey, good evening, everyone. tonight, breaking news. what began as a campfire became a wildfire, is now a 1,700-acre inferno. look at the images. the blaze is consuming the glendora foothills, about half an hour northeast of los angeles. it's totally uncontained, seriously out of control, and like nothing they've seen in this corner of l.a. county since 1968. there is a lot of brush and a lot to burn. casey wian is on the fire lines, joins us now on the latest on containment evacuations and three arrests as well. so, this started out as a pretty aggressive fire earlier today. what's the latest, casey? >> reporter: anderson, it sure did. when i got out here early this morning, just a couple hours after this fire began, i thought today was going to turn out a lot differently, but firefighters and residents so far today have really caught a break. you can see all of this hillside behind me that has completely burned, and you can see some of the firefighters, the crews that are up there on foot. they have just come in in the last couple of hours to try to control these lines, but what you've seen all day long is an
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aggressive air assault with fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters dropping water and fire retardant on these flames. what they were very concerned about is these unseasonably hot temperatures, above 85 degrees today, humidity less than 10%, and there were winds forecast as high as 25 to 35 miles an hour. so, you can see all of these homes over here to my camera man mike love's left. we can see those homes. the fire got within 100 yards of those homes earlier today, but because the winds remained relatively calm this afternoon, firefighters were basically able to hold the line on this fire. they say they're not releasing any official containment numbers, but there are no active fire lines going on right now. so, as long as the winds stay calm overnight, they should have the situation pretty much under control, anderson. five homes, though, completely destroyed. 17 other structures damaged. one firefighter injured, not critically. >> and three people in custody? how did this start, do you know?
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>> reporter: it's really strange. police say three guys all in their early 20s built a campfire early this morning and allowed this campfire to grow out of control, despite the fact that everyone in southern california, unless you've been living under a rock, has known that there have been these red flag warnings about fire danger for some time because of the drought and these high temperatures. these three men were spotted by a corporal with the police department. they were taken into custody. police say that one of them actually admitted to starting this fire. they were very apologetic, but they are in jail, $20,000 bail, facing felony, possible felony charges that could bring them up to three years in jail. i also want to point out, anderson, one of them was found with marijuana in his backpack, won't face any charges for that because he had a california medical marijuana card. >> and when will officials start
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allowing people to return back home? >> reporter: we don't know. they're not saying. 10,000 different homes in this area under evacuation orders right now. they're acting with an abundance of caution, telling people to stay away until they have this completely contained, but it is southern california, it is the foothill. these residents are used to these fires. many of them have remained home, decided to tough it out and fight the fire with hoses, if they need to, if it gets to that, anderson. >> just so i'm clear, at this point, they're not saying how much contained it is? >> reporter: they're not saying. there was a news conference that just went on, and they said that it's still 1,700 acres, but they're not releasing any official containment figures. we believe that's because they still don't know what's going to happen with the weather and the winds, and they don't have it completely locked down, even though there's no active fire lines right now. >> all right, casey wian, appreciate the update, thanks. now "keeping them honest" and a chilling new development in the strange and mysterious death of a man named alfred wright.
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we've been covering this all week, the texas father of three that vanished last november. his family found his body nearly three weeks later, two weeks after local authorities gave up searching in the exact area where, ultimately, his body was found by his own family. the local sheriff told them there was no sign of foul play. the family is alleging a murder and cover-up. they're disputing everything about the official death cause to the official cause of death. he had no drug use, and they dispute that he stripped down to his boxers and gave himself a lethal dose. an ordinary, everyday item was found near his body that could be some kind of a calling card. deborah feyerick is "keeping them honest." >> reporter: on the bramble-covered trail not far from alfred wright's body, volunteer searchers immediately noticed something out of the ordinary. >> the one thing that stood out when we first found the body, we couldn't explain the dime. why is there a single dime lying
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on top of the ground? we couldn't figure that out. >> reporter: it's unlikely the dime fell out of alfred's pocket, since he was found in black boxers, his shoes and single sock with a cell phone tucked inside. there had been lots of rain and heavy winds, yet, the shiny dime was spotted in plain view on the edge of a trail. that trail is off the cattle field which sabine county sheriff's deputies had supposedly searched looking for alfred in the days immediately following his disappearance. >> i mean, there is an open gate here, almost a straight path and then his body was right through the gate, the fence here, down one of the only open trails in this woods. >> reporter: the presence of the dime seemed strange, strange, that is, to everyone but brenda chastane. >> when i heard that a dime was found close to his body, that spooked me. >> reporter: the east texas woman was in a relationship with sabine county sheriff tom maddox. the sheriff in charge of the search for alfred wright. she says she and the sheriff
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dated not exclusively, for about three years. she broke it off not long ago, in part, she says, because weird things were happening. >> i had found a dime like in different places, like the bathroom sink, pull the covers back, the dime's there, the car, when your car doors shut, set in there somewhere when you open and it falls out. >> reporter: we asked her to show us. so, that morning you know definitely you had made the bed. >> most definitely, yes. >> reporter: okay, and what did you find? >> well, after i had gotten my shower and got ready for bed, what i normally do, i'll either throw the pillows in that chair, but what i do is like that number. and then when i pulled this back, there was a dime sitting, laying on -- >> reporter: right in the middle of the bed? >> right in the middle of the bed, on my side. >> reporter: on your side. >> which is interesting how they know which side i sleep on. how do they know i don't sleep on that side? who knows i sleep on this side? who knows my habits?
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>> reporter: chastain says she has no idea who left the dimes. woe we found no evidence linking to the sheriff. in the criminal world, a dime means snitching on someone and it can be a warning to keep your mouth shout. she lives an hour from sabine and had been complaining to her local police and sheriff's deputies about suspicious behavior in what she calls a known meth house adjacent to her 63-acre property. >> complained to the sheriff, anybody that would listen. >> reporter: people in sabine county and surrounding towns say there are a lot of drugs, a lot of meth in these areas. alfred wright's official autopsy found three types of drugs in his system -- meth, cocaine and amphetamines. his left ear and his tongue were missing. the 28-year-old physical therapist and married father of three was on his way to treat his last patient of the day when his truck broke down at a liquor store. he was on his cell phone with his wife, waiting for his parents to pick him up when he
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disappeared, bolting into the deep east texas woods, according to the store clerk, who is one of the last known people to see him alive. despite finding his clothing on a nearby ranch, the sheriff had called off the search for the college grad after just four days, offering a theory but no evidence. >> you know what he told us? oh, he just ran away, he was probably on drugs. and if someone is on meth, this is how they act. they get hot, they get out of their clothes. i'm looking at my husband and i'm saying, okay, why is he coming up with this? no one has said anything about any drugs or anything. >> reporter: we spoke to someone who knows a lot about the local drug culture but who was too scared to speak to cnn on camera for fear of reprisals from sabine county law enforcement. the person says everyone is talking about alfred's death, and yet, no one in the area remembers ever seeing alfred buy or use drugs. his family also says they had never seen him use drugs.
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a search of his truck may have provided immediate answers. however, the family says sabine county sheriff deputies did not search it, claiming it had been contaminated after his wife moved it away from the front of the store as she had been asked to do by one of the deputies. with so many unanswered questions, we went back for a second time to try to talk to the sabine county sheriff in person. there are so many unanswered questions. we just wanted to circle back around, sir -- >> have a great day. >> reporter: we just wanted to circle back around and give you the courtesy. okay. thank you very much. as for the presence of the dime not far from alfred wright's body and his missing tongue, they may or may not be significant, but they add more questions to the dozens already out there. did alfred wright know something he was not supposed to, something possibly threatening, something that ultimately led to his disappearance and death? and was his death a warning to others? >> this case really doesn't make any sense.
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the official autopsy showed, said that he died, what, three hours -- >> hours. >> -- after he was actually found? >> yeah, his decomposed body was found, three hours later he died. >> so, that's clearly a mistake or doesn't make any sense. you understand now from your reporting that he actually knew the sheriff's daughter? >> correct. and we had spoken to several people, and that's what they told us, they knew each other through their similar work in health care. he was a physical therapist, she scheduled physical therapists in the same area where he worked at one specific clinic. we stopped in that clinic. she was not there that day, but she did go on facebook and changed her message saying, "i did not know him. i never met him, nor his family, never spoke with him and his family. there was never a relationship." so, she's making it very clear. and also -- >> so, she's saying she didn't know him. >> she's saying she did not know him, but then you talk to other people and they make it very clear, you know, the dynamics of a small town that, in fact, they were known to each other. >> there's so many questions
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about this unexplained -- there was hotel -- he had rented a hotel room when his wife was out of town. >> he did. >> so that raises a lot of questions. >> that also raises a lot of questions, and he actually did it three times in the five weeks before he died in that sort of time period. we did confirm that he was at one of the hotels, that he checked in alone on a friday evening. he was still wearing his scrubs that he had on from work, and then he left the following morning, on a saturday morning, some time sort of before lunch. he was talking to an elderly couple. they are heard saying, well, you know, maybe we'll need your physical therapy services in a couple of years. he seemed very relaxed, very good, and the co-workers we spoke to said he was adored by his patients, just very, very friendly. the hotel also, anderson, is sort of shaped in a "t," so you walk in the bottom of the "t," but there are two entrances on both sides. so, it's possible -- and texas rangers had this tape and they're looking at it -- it's possible that whoever he was with may have come in from those other entrances. >> and why would a married man
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rent a hotel room when his wife is away? i mean, that raises all sorts of questions, obviously, yet to be answered. dr. kobilinski, does this -- sorry, lawrence kobilinski from john jay college of criminal justice, regular on the program. it's very unusual. you have the original autopsy that seems to be diametrically opposed to the second exam that was done by a pathologist brought in by the family. >> well, indeed. the second pathologist has the benefit of knowing what the first one indicated and then can form his or her own opinions. they are completely different. the first autopsy, of course, indicated that the cause of death was acute intoxication from these illicit drugs, and there were four different kinds of drugs. but the second autopsy was not that -- didn't agree. and because this is such an unusual kind of case, the body, the way it appeared at the scene
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and the findings would tend to indicate that there was foul play here. >> because looking at the pictures of the body, you are highly doubtful that that body was left out there for three weeks. >> i'm extremely -- i cannot believe that 19 days a body would look the way it did. it's decomposed, there's skin slippage and bloating, but that body was not there for 19 days. could very well be that he was maybe hostage, something of that sort and then dropped there. >> it's also -- you should be able to tell through bugs and things like that how long a body's been out, huh? >> without a doubt. the forensic entomologist know about, it's called succession. the insect growth and the switchover from different kinds of flies to beetles. you can get a fairly good idea, or at least a range of
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postmortem interval, and it appears to me that it's more like days than it is weeks. >> again, a lot of questions unanswered. deborah feyerick will continue the reporting. thanks, dr. kobilinsky as well. follow us on twitte twitter @andersoncooper, #ac360. coming up, breaking news in the george washington bridge scandal. subpoenas are out there and there are big names in politics behind them. and benghazi, a new report assigning blame for the fiasco.
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more breaking news. 20 new subpoenas in the george washington bridge scandal investigation, including one very big name as new jersey lawmakers try to find out who exactly was behind the lane closings that created a four-day traffic jam in the new jersey town of ft. lee last september. who was responsible, and what, if anything, did governor chris christie know about before or after the fact?
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there's that and late word casting more doubt on governor christie's claim that he and david wildstein were not very good friends. a former port authority employee with extensive knowledge of the agency's hiring practices telling cnn's chris fradz and steve casten bowne that agency officials were told in 2010 to find a place for wildstein because "he was a good friend of the governor." with more on the subpoenas, we're joined by dana bash. 20 new subpoenas. we're just finding out who's receiving them. what do we know? >> we knew the first subpoenas would go to the key players in the scandal and that's what happened. cnn confirmed that bridget anne kelly is on the subpoena list as well as bill baroni, who was christie's man at the port authority until he resigned last month because of this, and kevin o'dowd, another christie confidante who, ironically, he had tapped to be the attorney general, and there are other political and press operatives who will get subpoenas in this first round coming from
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investigative committees in new jersey. >> and christe's office is preparing for a fight. >> oh, absolutely. a source close to christie told me today that he had a meeting earlier this week with top aides. it was kind of a way to buck them up but also give them a bit of a reality check that this is a lesson for all of them in terms of how they manage their office, their people. he also told his staff he understands that multiple investigations are going to consume a lot of time and energy. he tried to say we need to get back to work, and he did that. you see there he was on the jersey shore today talking about sandy. but the governor's office also has hired an outside law firm to help with internal review about this bridge closing fiasco, but anderson, i'm told that christie has not hired a personal lawyer yet. interesting that the investigative committee's also said so far they have no plans to subpoena him. >> and have you learned anything new on the relationship between david wildstein and chris christie? because christie in that news conference was saying, look, you know, i vaguely recall the guy from high school.
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we're not friends, we don't really have much of any kind of relationship. >> that's right. well, our chris frates has been doing reporting on this today, and he says that david wildstein, who is important, because if you look at the documents that are coming out already, it looks like he was the man who orchestrated these lane closings. as you said in the marathon press conference, christie distanced himself. what chris is reporting that, according to a source who's familiar with the hiring practices at the port authority, they were told that he was a good friend of the governor and they needed to find a place for david wildstein and that there was actually a position created for wildstein at the port authority. now, i should also say, though, that a christie spokesman says that the governor's eyes and ears were not david wildstein. it's been reported that it is inaccurate to say that and that they did have limited interactions. he is standing by that and what you heard from the governor in his marathon press conference last week. >> dana, stay with us, because i want to bring in senior
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political analyst david gergen, also senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin. this committee acted very quickly in getting the subpoenas out. what does that tell you? >> it shows they want to mean business, but in particular, you send out subpoenas so that the recipients know that if they destroy documents at that point, it's obstruction of justice. you want those subpoenas in their hands, so their e-mails, their records, they freeze the situation so that nothing gets destroyed, and that's the hope, i suppose, of the prosecutors, that this way, they can do their best to make sure all the documents are staying in place. >> this is a legislative committee, though, not a court of law, so what kind of powers do they have? >> the most important difference between the u.s. attorney, paul fishman, and the investigating committees is the committees do not have the power to give immunity. so, if david wildstein continues to take the fifth, as i expect he will, they can't do anything about it. bridget kelly, i would be shocked if she did not take the fifth.
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so, it's really going to be up to paul fishman, the u.s. attorney, to determine if we ever hear from them, because the investigating committees, once these people take the fifth, there's nothing they can do about it. >> but if you're taking the fifth, the only thing you can do to break that is give somebody immunity, right? >> correct, but that's not under the control of the committees, only paul fishman, the u.s. attorney has the power to give immunity, and he's remained, as u.s. attorneys tend to be, silent so far. we don't know what his plans are. >> and david, if everybody's taking the fifth, does that tell you anything? >> that ain't good news for chris christie. >> for chris christie. >> yeah. look, i think this increasingly looks like a story that could be corrosive for chris christie over time, and we just don't know how deep the corrosion, that process will go, but when you have this many subpoenas, clearly, the democratic legislators are playing hardball. they want to make it look like there's a massive number of people around him who actually knew about this in some fashion, and now they're covering it up and they're taking the fifth. and this thing is a mess and the story, they keep the story alive.
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the danger that they have as legislators is 20 subpoenas sounds like a whole lot. and if the public concludes this is just about politics, this is not about truth, it's a way to smear christie and it could be a backlash. >> what do you make -- i mean, the stuff that's come out about wildstein, that you know, they were seen -- the "wall street journal" published a photo that they were together, i think it was on september 11th, you know, in the midst of this bridge fiasco, and now this report dana was talking about that people had told the port authority find a place, this guy's a friend of the governor? >> well, that part of the story has always been suspect, don't you think? i mean, after all, the first thing that came out was a note from the deputy press secretary or deputy -- >> right, bridget kelly. >> deputy chief of staff saying time to cause a little mischief, he says right back "got it." >> as if they already knew -- >> they had had conversations of some sort to set that up. the danger again for christie is that every day something comes out and the story frayz a little bit, honesty is called into question.
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and he's in a stage in his political career where he was moving ahead of hillary, now suddenly, that's flipped back, even though the public overall, and especially with republicans, he's fine. but he has fund-raisers in florida coming up this weekend. nobody knows if he can raise the money. people are saying maybe we ought to stay on the sidelines. we have to wait to see. >> dana, he is heading to florida to raise money for the governor. has there been any effect on this sort of nationally? >> so far when it comes to money, not yet, but it obviously is very early and people seem to be holding their breath. now, he is also the head of the republican governors association, so he has to because of that role try to raise money for all the governors running for election and re-election this year. that's a big part of why he's going down to florida. it was already planned before. but the most interesting meeting he is going to have is with donors to do donor outreach. this is being organized by a billionaire who was a co-founder of home depot who has long supported chris christie and other republicans. he has invited people to his
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home in florida. we're told that there are about 100 people coming to his home and then there's another event later in the day, a forum, 200 people had signed up before this, now about 500 have signed up. so, you can look at this two ways. one is the glass half full, if you're chris christie, that people are still with him and are flocking to him, or you can look at it as there are more donors who maybe are more skeptical and they want to go hear from chris christie in person to see if they feel like he's telling the truth. >> dana, appreciate it, david gergen, jeff toobin as well. you can find out more at just ahead, john king has the true politics of the senate benghazi report. who actually is to blame and how much of it could actually have been prevented? were lives lost needlessly? who's to blame for that. plus, one of the many questions that haunts kendrick johnson's family. who took their son's organs and then stuffed the corpse with newspapers? a state investigation has now wrapped up. we have the findings ahead. for the new mattress models
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welcome back. in true politics, the senate intelligence committee has released its report on the deadly attack that killed four americans in benghazi, libya, 16 months ago. it found the attack was likely preventible. overall, its findings are pretty consistent with those of previous investigations, but in washington, benghazi's a tripwire issue, of course, and today was no exception. the former secretary of state, hillary clinton, once again the lightning rod. >> she couldn't be on tv to talk about what happened in the state department because she was distraught? i don't buy that. does anybody believe that about secretary clinton? and if it's true, it's something the american people need to consider. >> no one's been held
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accountable. who's been held accountable for the failures? and if you look at this intel report, it's very clear that the intelligence community, according to this report, provided ample strategic warning that our people in benghazi were at risk. >> as we said, the senate report doesn't deviate much from earlier reports on benghazi. john king is here with the "true politics." so, john, on this issue especially, it's hard to break through all the partisan noise, just get to the facts. who does this report hold responsible for the failures in benghazi? >> it's a damning indictment of the state department. the report says there was warning after warning after warning after warning that something bad was about to happen, that there were islamist elements training, that there had been threats against western institutions, including against u.s. institutions, and that, yet, security was not beefed up. it also criticizes ambassador christopher stevens. it says he himself was aware of some of this and just didn't, at times pushed back when people asked -- at times he asked for more security and at times he
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pushed back when the military asked for more security. it also is somewhat critical of the pentagon, saying if you're going to have embassies and consulates in difficult places, you might want to have a fire department, if you will, a rescue team a little bit closer. >> the report also does say, point blank, these attacks could have been prevented, right? >> right, and that's the hard part for the families of the four americans, the ambassador and the others killed in these attacks. it says that it believes that if the state department had heeded those warnings and had beefed up security, you would have had a much stronger perimeter security at the compound that night that would have discouraged what happened from happening. >> is there any information in this report that might point to a cover-up by the obama administration? >> no, and you've heard from the right sometimes, and they've raised money off this theory, pictures of the president and secretary clinton saying obama and clinton covered up what happened in benghazi. there is no evidence of a cover-up. that doesn't say there's not harshly critical information about the management of the state department run by secretary clinton, about warnings that were ignored, about why did you have a culture where if you had so many warnings coming in at the low level and the midlevel and they weren't being heeded, why didn't
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they get to secretary clinton? you can make that. now, chairwoman dianne feinstein of the intelligence committee came out today harshly critical of republicans who are saying this report proves it's hillary clinton's fault. she says there is no evidence of that, but if you read the report, anderson, you read these documents, it is a pretty damning indictment of the state department bureaucratic culture, and she was the boss. >> no doubt about that. john king, thanks. there's a lot more happening tonight. susan hendricks has the "360 bulletin." attorneys for a man executed in ohio were calling on the governor to impose a moratorium on future executions after what happened to their client today. witnesses say convicted rapist and murderer dennis maguire appeared to gasp and convulse for roughly ten minutes before he finally died. he was given a lethal injection using a new combination of drugs. a california lawmaker has introduced a bill to outlaw the so-called affluenza defense. that is where defense attorneys argue a client is basically a victim of their privileged upbringing. well, it did work for texas teen
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ethan couch, who killed four people while driving drunk. he got ten years probation, plus rehab. and we have all seen some of the cool things that 3d printers can make, actual objects that you can hold and use, but now hershey's wants to go one step further. it is teaming up with 3d systems to develop a new 3d printer that makes chocolate and other products that you can actually eat. we'll see if it happens. >> i don't quite understand how all that works, but you know. >> neither do i. we're going to get to the bottom of it. >> susan, thanks. ahead, new developments in the kendrick johnson case, the young man found dead rolled up in a wrestling mat in a school. also, it's unclear who removed the dead teen's organs and stuffed his body with newspaper. now some answers, finally. also, why police think former nfl star aaron hernandez may have been the shooter in the double murder that he's been charged with. female announcer: get beautyrest, posturepedic,
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new developments in the kendrick johnson case. a state investigation into who removed the dead teenager's organs from his body and replaced them with newspapers ended with a great big question mark. in a letter to johnson's mother, the georgia board of funeral service said "no determination could be made" about when and where her son's organs were removed. the coroner's office and funeral home blamed each other. the letter also said filling a body with newspaper's not illegal, though it's not a "best practice." johnson's parents only learned his organs were missing when his body was exhumed for an independent autopsy. it's a haunting detail in a mystery that now has federal authorities involved. here's victor blackwell reporting. >> reporter: what happened to this teenage boy walking through this school gym? he's captured here on surveillance camera, then disappears until -- >> in the high school now, there's a dead body out here.
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>> reporter: 17-year-old kendrick johnson was found upside down in a rolled gym mat last january. investigators say he was reaching for his shoe, got stuck and died. >> we have found nothing to indicate this was anything other than just a tragic accident. >> you could tell he was big. >> reporter: kendrick's parents believe the story about the shoe is a cover-up and they question why sheriff's investigators either did not collect or test potential evidence from the scene. >> got some questions about the kendrick johnson case. >> i'm not going to discuss that with you. >> why not, sir? >> because our case is closed. >> reporter: kendrick's body was exhumed. his parents paid for aine dependent autopsy and the pathologist found evidence of apparent nonaccidental blunt force trauma to the neck, but it's also what the pathologist did not find that shocked the family. >> organs, the heart, lungs, liver, et cetera, were not with the body. >> reporter: what was in the place of the organs? >> newspaper.
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>> reporter: after months of protests and demands for answers and announcements by the u.s. department of justice. >> i am of the opinion that a sufficient basis exists for my office to conduct a formal review of the facts and investigation surrounding the death of kendrick johnson. >> no matter who you are, how much money your parents have, the color of your skin, everyone deserves justice, everyone. >> victor blackwell joins me now from atlanta. so, kendrick johnson's family exhumed their son's body, trying to get some answers about his death only to learn his organs were missing. i don't understand how the state investigation doesn't offer any explanations. i mean, somebody removed this young man's organs. somebody's lying. >> well, they said that there was an investigation. you'll remember that we reported on this show back in early october that when kendrick johnson's body was exhumed for that second autopsy, his organs were not with the body, and that started this investigation three months ago. and i want to remind people what each side says. the georgia bureau of
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investigation, which did the first autopsy, says they put the organs back into kendrick johnson's body, closed the body, sent it to herrington funeral home. the funeral home says the organs never came with the body, but they take it a step further. the funeral home says that gbi, georgia bureau of investigation, discarded the organs because they were destroyed through some natural process that harrington still has not explained. but late today, we now have a copy of this letter that was sent to the johnsons. it's from the funeral services board. only cnn has it. and i want to read just the line in the conclusion here. "the board has exhausted all available investigative avenues at its disposal, and no determination could be made whether the organs were transferred to the funeral establishment with the body." there was this three-month investigation, which by law is secret and behind closed doors. they just at the end of the investigation come out with what the decision is, and in this case, no action. >> well, i mean, the body was also stuffed with newspaper. so i mean, again, somebody's lying.
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there's somebody who did the original autopsy didn't include the organs in the body or there's someone at the funeral home that did something with the organs and stuffed it with newspaper. i mean, somebody's not telling the truth. >> well, the funeral home has never denied stuffing the body with newspaper, although we spoke with leaders at the industry at mortairy scientists, and they say it's either something they've never heard of or something not in line with standard practices. the manager and owner of harrington funeral home, antonio harrington, would not speak with us on camera, but he allowed his attorney, roy copeland to speak with us. and in the defense of the funeral home, stuffing the cavity with newspaper, he cited a 25-year-old guide for embalming, which suggests when the organs are absent, you use sawdust or cotton, and i highlight that newspaper is not one of them. he says it absolutely is not one of them, nor is it precluded as one type of foreign substance that may be introduced into body for purposes of building up for display.
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essentially, it says, it doesn't say we can't use newspaper and that's what the state says. it's not best practices, but it's not a violation. again from the newspaper, no action from the state. >> so at the end of the investigation, in addition to his family not knowing how he died or why he was -- why he died, they have just got to accept the fact that somebody took out his organs and did away with them, even though they maybe had some relevance to the cause of death, and they're not going to get any more answers on that? >> well, you know, we spoke with several former members of the fbi and asked, well, is it possible that there could be a third autopsy? you've got the competing ones from the state and the independent pathologist. would the fbi want their own? it was possible, but now without the lungs that would have actually showed some evidence of positional asphyxia, which was the diagnosis from the state, or the tissue from the jaw, which was the diagnosis of blunt force trauma to the neck from the independent pathologist, it's no point in exhuming his body for a second time for that third autopsy. they'll have to rely on the reports and the photographs and
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the slides from those two pathologists. >> all right, it's just adding insult to injury in all of this, the horror for this family. victor blackwell, appreciate the update. up next, new revelations in the investigation into former nfl star aaron hernandez. new documents show he may have pulled the trigger in an unsolved double homicide. and remembering a tv legend, the professor, russell johnson, who turned a three-hour tour into the role of a lifetime.
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>> the key players in this scandal, those are the people getting these first subpoenas. we have confirmed that bridget anne kelly and bill stepan, the two aides that christie fired last week are on the list. so is bill baroni, who was christie's man at the port authority who resigned last month over this, and kevin o'dowd, another christie confidante, who ironly had been tapped to be attorney general. there is another man on this list who is probably one of the biggest fish, if you will, maybe not well known certainly outside new jersey, but maybe not even inside, but he's a real inside player. his name is david samson. he is the head of the port authority of new york and new jersey. he has been in new jersey politics for decades, anderson, working for both parties, actually, but he's been a really close supporter of chris christie from the beginning, when he first ran for governor, and continues to be. >> i also understand the source said the community's looking at
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"entities" that had to do with his re-election. what's that mean? >> we haven't confirmed exactly who it's going to, but presumably, when they say entities having to do with his re-election, it's his re-election campaign, that subpoenas are going there as well, because in this initial round, what we were just talking about, those are people in his official governor's office, but of course, he was running for re-election, which is a lot of what we think this might have been about, so that's why it's also going to his political campaign. >> dana, thanks for the update. for the first time now, there is word that police think former nfl player aaron hernandez went from tight end to triggerman. he's on trial in the shooting death of his friend in 2013. now a newly unsealed warrant shows that police said there was probable cause to believe that hernandez may have been the shooter in a separate case, a double homicide in boston in 2012. susan candiotti joins me with the latest on that. so, aaron hernandez's connection to this unsolved murder case from 2012, what do we know? >> well, here's what we know, anderson. we know that two men were shot
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in a bmw outside a nightclub in boston in 2012. and we also know that police found an suv that was described at the time by witnesses that was seen at the crime scene, was discovered in the garage of aaron hernandez's uncle in bristol, connecticut, after aaron hernandez was arrested as a suspect in the murder of odin lloyd, remember, last june. now we're finding out what led to that. it turns out that a boston detective, once he saw that aaron hernandez was suspected of odin lloyd's murder, it made him remember seeing aaron hernandez on a nightclub surveillance video on the same night that those two men were murdered in boston, and that's what helped them make the connection. >> and how exactly do did we find out about this information? >> well, for the longest time, we knew there was a sealed search warrant that was out there. we had been trying to get it unsealed for the longest time. finally, a judge decided it was time to unseal that document,
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even though boston police had originally asked that the judge keep it under wraps because they didn't want the public to find out about the details of their investigation. >> and what happens next for hernandez? >> well, we're waiting for the results of a separate grand jury investigation into that unsolved case in boston in 2012, waiting to find out whether aaron hernandez will be charged in that case. >> all right. susan, thanks very much, appreciate the update. let's caught up in some other stories. susan hendricks is back with the "360 bulletin." police in elkhart, indiana, say two women shot to death in a grocery store may have known their attacker. one worked at the store, the other a shopper. the gunman was shot and killed by police, who say he walked around the store for more than 30 minutes before opening fire. senator blunt says the pilots of the southwest airlines flight that landed at the wrong missouri airport sunday were not directed there by air traffic controllers. according to the missouri lawmaker, they should have known they were landing at the wrong location. and a detective tells cnn
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justin bieber's iphone is being searched to see if he has ties to the egg attack on a neighbor's house. the phone was seized by investigators with a search warrant along with security video from the mansion. detectives estimate the neighbor has about $20,000 in damage from the egg incident that would make it felony vandalism if someone is arrested. and fans of "gilligan's island" are mourning tonight after russell johnson, best known as the professor in the 1960s sitcom, has died. he was 89. anderson. >> i can't believe that. that was such an iconic show. it's sad to think. >> i love that show. >> i know. >> brings back memories, doesn't it? >> it does. i feel like i watched it my entire childhood. >> me, too. coming up, a blast from your "90210" past. steve sanders has a new gig. right. real milk. but it won't cause me discomfort. exactly, because it's milk without the lactose. and it tastes? it's real milk! come on, would i lie about this? [ female announcer ] lactaid. 100% real milk. no discomfort.
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time now for the "ridiculist," and tonight we're getting in our tv time machine and going all the way back to the early '90s, when it was all about "beverly hills 90210."
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for people of a certain age, this show was everything. brenda pines for dylan, donna martin graduates. it's all scorched into the collective memory, but where are they now, specifically steve sanders? >> ready to have some fun? ready to get down? put your hands together for the men of chippendales! ♪ let's go! ♪ hip-hop fans and i ain't afraid to show it ♪ >> that's right, ian ziering is apparently doing guest emcee gigs at chippendales shows. >> this is the most fun you can possibly have for an hour and a half without getting arrested. it's all in the attitude. >> it's right here. you see that? that's where it is. >> andrea zuckerman would not approve, i'll tell you that right now. it actually kind of sends like a "90210" plot. steve finds out he's adopted, runs off to join chippendales,
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someone probably takes a breast exam and finds a lump somewhere, but it's all a false alarm and they celebrate at the peach pit. some would say i know too much about this, don't i? yeah. some may say ian ziering's career has taken somewhat of a downward trajectory. some of the nay sayers may say that, but perhaps those people forget he also recently stand l in a movie called "sharknado" about a tornado filled with sharks. >> get out of there! get out of the way! claudia, move! >> spoiler alert -- close your ears if you don't want to hear it -- he chainsaws himself out of that shark.
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come to think of it, a chippendales show is similar, they both have an elusive appeal that just can't be explained, although there are those who have tried. >> i think it's the brand. chippendales has been around for over 30 years. girls know that they can come here to have some quality entertainment and they know that there's a standard. they know if they go to see the chippendales, the guys are going to look a certain way, like my buddy, matt. >> sure, it's all for the girls, yep. all for the girls. i don't know. call me a skeptic. it's true, i guess one does expect a certain standard from a chippendales show, and nowhere was that ever more apparent than on "saturday night live." >> can't we just hire them both? >> no. we've been through this. we've only got the budget for one dancer. >> yeah, but they're both so great. i can't decide between them. ♪ everybody's going off the deep end ♪ ♪ everybody needs a second chance, oh ♪
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>> you knew that was coming, didn't you? to be honest, this entire segment was basically an excuse to play that clip. it took us a while to get to it but we finally did. also to check in ever so briefly with a member of the "90210" gang forever in our hearts on the "ridiculist." thanks for watching. "early start" begins right now. "early start" begins right now. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- under attack from russia. shoppers everywhere, the target holiday mess part of an unprecedented hack attack like the world has never seen. the president just hours away from the most anticipated speech on spying in generations, but is it what he's not saying that might surprise you? and drought emergency. fires rage in california with fears this could just be the beginning. in just hours, the new, drastic measures going to be taken to survive these conditions. good morning. welcome to "early star